Cancer, the Zodiac sign of the crab. Ruled by the moon and bearing the elemental quality of water, they are known to be the hyper-emotional characters of the Zodiac. Their intuition is quite notable, particularly because of their connection to emotions and the unconscious; however, they tend to expect this same intuitiveness from other people. Being the sign of compassion and emotion, Cancers would probably be into anime that reflect these qualities.
5. Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai (I Want to Eat Your Pancreas)
- Episodes: 1 (movie)
- Aired: September 2018
An aloof high school boy with no friends and no interest in the world around him finds comfort in the pages of books. However, when he comes across a handwritten book titled “Living With Dying”, his life changes forever. He very quickly meets its owner: Yamauchi Sakura, a popular girl in his class. Due to the fact that he read some of the book’s contents, Sakura tells him about a secret no one else knows apart from her own family – she’s suffering from a terminal pancreatic disease. Realising her own mortality, Sakura decides to live life to the fullest. The boy shows no concern or sympathy for what she shares with him that day and for that reason, Sakura takes an interest in him, practically forcing him to accompany her for the rest of her short life. Despite the fact that they’re polar opposites, they grow a little closer through each interaction and the boy’s closed off world opens up little by little.
An obvious choice if we’re recommending it to people who are archetypically the emotional type, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas is the only definite tearjerker on this list. With the tragedy of the story well developed long before you even watch it, the growing relationship between the protagonist and Sakura reflects a Cancerian stubbornness and loyalty when it comes to the people close to them. Another reason why this would be a good watch for a Cancer is due to the fact that the average Cancer’s connection to their emotions and the emotions of others is a staunch opposite to the main character’s stoicism and hence, a reflection of some of the people they come into contact with in their lives.
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: July 2019 – Ongoing
Uenoyama Ritsuka is a high school boy who comes across as a bit of a delinquent. His favourite things in the whole world include playing basketball and playing the guitar; however, lately, he finds these activities to be getting boring. He sleeps his school days away until he one day comes across Sato Mafuyu, a soft-spoken student at his school who walks around with a broken guitar. Slightly annoyed by the desolate Mafuyu, Ritsuka decides to fix the guitar for him, soon realising that he has no knowledge of the guitar whatsoever. However, Mafuyu becomes attached to Ritsuka after he fixes the guitar, much to Ritsuka’s annoyance… that is, until he hears Mafuyu sing.
Given is an anime about music. With many different shows touching on this basic theme, Given brings with it an emotional aspect that is subtle but prevalent even in the initial stages of the show. The soft-spoken Mafuyu’s attachment to Ritsuka after one act of kindness is quite similar to the average Cancer’s tendency to grow attached to people even after a short space of time. Music is also a creative pursuit very much tied to emotion and Cancers, being the emotional whirlpools that they are, can find themselves somewhat represented by Given in its entirety.
3. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon??) (DanMachi)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2015 – June 2015
Bell Cranel is a young man living in the city of Orario hoping to one day become the best adventurer in the land. After coming across the goddess Hestia by chance, he gains her support in his dreams and embarks on a quest deep in the city’s monster-ridden catacombs, also known as the Dungeon. Survival is never guaranteed down there, but Bell is determined to make his dream a reality and make Hestia proud.
A very important theme in DanMachi is loyalty and the importance of interpersonal relationships. It is because of this theme that the Divine Houses in the show can exist at all and, in the case of the protagonist, Bell Cranel, his devotion and attachment to his goddess, Hestia, is an exemplary case of Cancerian loyalty. These are elements that openly explore emotion and perhaps even small drops of romance – things that truly get the crabs of the Zodiac happily snapping their claws!
2. Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2019 – March 2019
Shuchiin Academy is a prestigious school with an excellent reputation. Shirogane Miyuki and Shinomiya Kaguya are the school’s top representatives. Miyuki is ranked the top student in the nation and is respected by the entire student body, serving as the student council president. Kaguya, the vice-president, is the eldest daughter of the Shinomiya family and excels in pretty much every field. Seen as the shining beacon of the school, they elicit much envy, but they are also thought to be the perfect couple. However, despite the fact that they both harbour feelings for each other, they’re both too proud to admit it – the first to confess will be considered to be weaker by the other. With their pride on the line, the two make it their mission to make the other confess their feelings first!
While this seems counter-intuitive and perhaps even contradictory to what the Cancer sign is thought to embody and symbolise, the intense love-based psychological warfare waged by Kaguya and Miyuki is still very much Cancerian in nature. Hear us out for a bit – the two are in tune with each other’s feelings subconsciously; however, the whirlpool of emotion includes the feeling of pride and a fear of rejection that fuels the entire show. In a long-winded sense, the fact that the anime’s protagonists are well aware of their own feelings and those of the other to some extent is very Cancerian, but the fact that they’d rather play games than be out with it is anything but.
1. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day) (AnoHana)
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: April 2011 – June 2011
Yadomi Jinta lives the life of a recluse; refusing to go to school on most days and playing videogames all day. His long-deceased childhood friend, Honma “Menma” Meiko, appears to him on a hot summer day in order to get him to grant her forgotten wish. Initially thinking himself to be hallucinating, Jinta soon realises that he’s seeing Menma’s ghost. He and his childhood friends grew apart after Menma died but they find themselves patching things up in order to finally lay Menma to rest. Forced to revisit the past, the group must confront their own guilt in addition to granting Menma’s final wish.
Childhood friendships, childhood trauma and unresolved feelings – yes, this is definitely the kind of anime a Cancer would watch! The story itself deals with the various emotions of the characters and gives each one a characteristic feeling that they developed as a result of Menma’s death or as a result of the collapsing of the friend group thereafter. Consequently, Cancers and their emotional nature can feel right at home in the unending torrent of emotion that is AnoHana.
Cancers with their high level of intuition can sometimes be frighteningly on the ball when it comes to feelings. They can’t run away from emotion and use it to express themselves in a way that can be gentle and kind but, as we all know, the seas of emotion can either nurture or drown and the same goes for these emotional beings. Are there other shows you think a Cancer would watch? Drop a comment below and let’s talk!